Most despicable act by a likable character?

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Have you ever really liked a character in some sort of media and then they did something completely horrible and shocking? How did that make you feel?

By a flip of the same coin, have you ever hated a character and then they surprised you somehow?
Updated On: 6/11/08 at 09:13 PM
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Sondheim & Wheeler made Sweeney likeable
and
Sondheim & Weidman made the presidental Assassins stangely likeable
by making them seem so human. I think by revealing their motivations, perhaps?
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What about the most likable act by a despicable character?
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MAMA. re: Most despicable act by a likable character?
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I always hate it when Effie says Deena "can't sing like I can". It was always such a bitchy comment.
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Violet rejecting Jake in Side Show. I know that was the norm back then, but it breaks my heart!
Jimmy, what are you doing here in the middle of the night? It's almost 9 PM!
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I hated when Carrie cheated on Aidan for a married Big in SATC series.
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At the end of the day, as much as you may have wanted to like Lucy Harris or feel bad for her like Jekyll, she was still a prostitute/"saucy lounge singer".
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hey now prostitute/saucy lounge singers are people too.

I was actually so happy when Carrie cheated on Aidan

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In "Brave New World", you start to feel for Bernard, and then he becomes an a-hole exploiting the hell out of John the Savage....

And of course, Professor Snape, the perfect example
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Aw, Brave New World, what a novel!
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i hate it when mrs. lovett sings "not while i'm around" to toby, when afterwards she has every intention of killing him. it's just such a powerful, moving song and she totally ruins it, it breaks my heart every time i watch sweeney.

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When Oscar (literally, in the stage play) dumps Charity.
I get why he felt the needto leave her, but still...


...god that musical is so depressing, but uplifting at the same time.
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I think Mimi shoving heroin into Roger's face is pretty awful.
Melchior pretty much raping Wendla
and if you find Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett likeable (i do) then I don't think i need to say more!
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You get them ALL over Shakespeare. First one that sprung to mind was Claudio from 'Much Ado About Nothing'. He seems a fairly bland and inoffensive romantic lead, then he gets pissy, and abusive, and just plain MEAN, and you wonder why Hero would ever consent to marry him after. And my nerdy "crush" on Hal doesn't prevent me from seeing that actually, he has his moments too, whether turning his back on Falstaff in 'Henry IV', or ordering the deaths of all French prisoners in 'Henry V'. I know Hamlet has a lot of fans; god only know why, I totally support Claudius in all his endeavours with that play.

Also, to get away from theatre, I get really annoyed whenever Rico in 'Six Feet Under' is stupid or offensive, like being ragingly homophobic, giving a stripper money for her tits, whatever. Bahhhhh! It's always the cute ones!
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Oscar Lindquist in "Sweet Charity", hands down!
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I hated Sara Sidle on the TV show CSI: Las Vegas.

Then she made me "like" her by leaving re: Most despicable act by a likable character?

Best and smartest thing Jorja/the character ever did.
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Angel kills a dog for money. ugh. Can't quite get past that.
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"And my nerdy "crush" on Hal doesn't prevent me from seeing that actually, he has his moments too, whether turning his back on Falstaff in 'Henry IV', or ordering the deaths of all French prisoners in 'Henry V'."

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Winston in Catered Affair making a complete ass out of himself at the parents' dinner. Or does this not count since Winston may not be called likeable?
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"And my nerdy "crush" on Hal doesn't prevent me from seeing that actually, he has his moments too, whether turning his back on Falstaff in 'Henry IV', or ordering the deaths of all French prisoners in 'Henry V'."

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Hey, sometimes he's nice! Like uh... liiike... when he's being all sweet and nice to Katherine in act 5 scene 2! Yeah! And not mostly marrying her 'cos he wants to be king of France as well, nuh-uh!

Okay, okay, I know... XD
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Most of LaBute's men.